Why should I eat foods that contain fat before eating sugary foods?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Eating a little fat before eating sugar, such as eating it just after or with nuts or olive oil or peanut butter, will slow the emptying of the stomach into the intestine, which keeps your stomach feeling fuller and stabilizes blood sugar levels so you feel full and eat less. Furthermore, since sugars are largely absorbed in the intestine, delaying the passage of sugar into the intestine slows and decreases the rise in sugar level in the blood. Lots of people find that eating less sugar gives them more energy without sleepiness after big meals.
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